And Now, All the Coolest Ways to Wear an Oversized Button-Down This Summer

If there's one item I've been reaching for on repeat this season, it's an oversized button-down shirt. Cool, effortless, and polished, the reliable wardrobe staple is a classic yet manages to remain fashion-forward. I've spotted the low-key basic in fresh and modern iterations all over the fashion crowd on Instagram—most popularly seen in breezy silhouettes and a whole host of trending colours.

Another reason I'm enamoured with the versatile basic (aside from the fact it leans into my coastal-grandma aesthetic perfectly) is that it's super easy to wear. Aside from the gym, I can't think of a single circumstance where wearing one would be inappropriate. Easy to dress up or down, it exudes an effortless elegance whether you style it with linen shorts or a silk slip dress. Moreover, it's super accessible. It's easy to find practically everywhere and at every price point.

If you're looking for a little inspiration on how to style one this season, I'm sharing a whole host of cool and fresh button-down outfit ideas below that are anything but boring.

With a White Tank and a Slip Skirt

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@anoukyve

A light-blue button-down is the perfect casual topper over a basic white tank top and black slip skirt. Finish with a straw bag and chic black slides for a look that's casual yet polished.

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For casual summer looks or put-together office outfits. 

Celebs like Kendall Jenner and Naomie Harris love a vest-and-jeans look. 

A black midi skirt is the base of so many outfit formulas. 

A great pair of leather sandals will be an investment you can rely on year after year. 

With Loose Jeans and a Tank Top

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@endlesslyloveclub

For a casual weekend look, lean into loose and relaxed silhouettes, but keep it looking chic by going for a white palette from head to toe.

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A crisp white shirt works for every occasion. With jeans, slick tailoring, layered over dresses or as a beach-side cover-up.

Monochrome white outfits look so expensive. 

Over loose jeans are a must this season. 

Dad sneakers are still as fashionable as ever. 

With Neutral Shorts and Slides

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@joiedejude

For an of-the-moment touch, try a button-down in this season's buzziest hue—orange. Let the pop of color do the talking and keep the rest of your outfit in neutral tones.

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This tangerine dream will brighten every wardrobe. 

The comfortable elastic waistband makes this outfit even better. 

With a Miniskirt and a Tee

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@annelauremais

I love the contrast of a miniskirt paired with a longline button-down. Just add ballet flats to complete your look.

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If you're investing in a shirt you'll love forever, Ralph Lauren is always a great place to start. 

A plain white tee will always come in handy. 

The suede fabric adds a contrasting texture. 

With a Bikini

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@jordanrisa

The great thing about a button-down is that it's just as good for an evening out as it is for a day at the beach. Throw it on over a bikini and wear it as a cool cover-up.

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For a beach side cover-up - the bolder the better. 

With a Slip Dress and Mules

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@ali_tate_cutler

Add a casual touch to a silky slip dress by wearing a loose and relaxed button-down nonchalantly over it. Finish with chic mules.

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The blue and brown combination is so good. 

You'd never guess these heels are high street. 

With Matching Shorts and a One-Piece

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@smythsisters

A matching shirt-and-shorts set always looks so effortlessly chic. Style on top of your swimsuit for cool vacation vibes.

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A classic style that is so timeless. 

Co-ord's are the easiest way to get dressed. 

The low scoop back adds a retro feel. 

With Loose Trousers

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@fakerstrom

A loose white linen shirt will be your go-to in the summer. It looks fresh when paired with of-the-moment relaxed pants.

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Cool and comfy. The perfect combination. 

With Jeans and Sneakers

Photo:

@champagnemani

One of the easiest and simplest ways to style your button-down is with straight-leg jeans and cool sneakers—easy and effortless for a day in the city. Add cool accessories to add interest to your look.

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I'm obsessed with the asymmetrical hem. 

The inner sole pop of colour makes these even better. 

With a Bikini Top and Pants

Photo:

@tamaramory

Take your look from the beach to the bar with the addition of a vibrant pink button-down and chic high-waisted black pants. 

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Vibrant pink and slick black compliment each other perfectly. 

This style can be worn on the beach and beyond. 

Comfort and style go hand in hand. 

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